"East and to the south there was water on the flats and two sandhill cranes stood tethered to their reflections"
Sandhill cranes
Creative Commons AttributionSandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) - Credit: Dawn Huczek

The Sandhill Crane is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia.

Billy will later witness the cranes making their annual migration south for the winter, where the birds form flocks of over 10,000 in their wintering areas.